Why don't you use a solar-powered laptop?
I don't mean a shitty laptop with built-in solar panels for hipsters to buy, but I mean a good laptop (like a ThinkPad or MacBook) with an external solar array. You can even build your own to match the power requirements of your laptop.
>using laptop outside
>on minimum brightness to conserve battery
>overpriced 'yuppies playing outside' solar panels
>they'll never be an a e-ink laptop for coding innawoods
even if it was just like a terminal+simple editor.
I am look at the monitors they used to code on.
I just don't think the interests there though.
As said there's some e-ink tablets, but they seem to be Chinese only and locked in to mobile OS.
I'm going to look around and see if I can find one of the screens for sale somewhere else. If I can get a screen and hook it up to something which barely draws any power, like an Arduino or Raspberry Pi, it would work great
This is neat.
But my god them photo op SO HIP WOOD TABLE, LEEETHER, MUH BICYCLE, MUH $5 SMALL COFF-EE
just google it.
>kindle raspberry pie monitor
>still worked fine
There's been some e-ink attempts by indivduals/small groups.
Buy they always end up in production hell, and always obsolete, overpriced, and too late, like that pandora game console thing.
I'd just use a fucking USB keyboard.
And all what's remaining to do is to pair it with a 60 % keyboard fitted with DSA low profile keycaps
Just contacted the eink company, inquiring about 10-14 inch screens and their prices. They apparently offer them up to 20+ inches! Imagine having a full desktop screen in eink, haha.
>Sony made an 13.3 inch, 1200 x 1600
>one thousand one hundred dollars
You can actually run native linux software on Kobo ereaders, I've installed full busybox, python and qt without even opening it up.
There are also some models that have Usb OTG, so yay!
I have a friend that uses it as a second display for irc, he installed openbox on his one.
Here in Italy there are a couple of houses that use solar panels to live off the grid.
They actually don't live off the grid, they are still connected to the electrical company to sell them electricity they don't use.
We're going to reach a point in the future where a majority of homes are solar powered, so much so that they generate enough power for everyone.
And because of the way we're doing things now, the power companies are still going to exist, not producing their own power, and just buying excess power from solar homes and selling it for twice the price to non-solar homes
Kobo Aura HD is $169 and is 6.8 inch and 1440×1080 with 265ppi. I bought one yesterday for textbook PDF's. I don't know how usable it is as a laptop, but the kobo firmware is on github:
Theres big deposit of coal about 200km away from my city, and yes, coal is main power source to provide electricity, at least where I live.
Theres also hydro power plant in our city.
That guys is too fat, sorry.
Belgium here. Our balance can't go under zero so they'll never pay us and we have to pay astandard price for the cabling and provision of the network. Electricity itself is free because we give back more than we take
i used a rooted Nook Touch with a keyboard for a while for IRC. I had a T-nut epoxied to the back that I attached to a camera mount, and I had a chopped up USB cable for backfeeding power so I could have the keyboard connected and charge it at the same time.
I guess you could just run screen and do everything else from some remote AWS instance, but I got bored of it quickly.
That was big news a few years back. That lady who was with one laptop per child made a display that was supposed to have the characteristics of lcd and e-ink. Massive power cut. Guess it didn't work out.
The resolution is too hard to really tell, but I still think it is dc to dc like this pic. Most people would probably think the thing it is plugged into is an inverter. Though if it is, then it has to be a European plug.
can anyone point me in a direction to set up a system using solar charged marine batteries in my truck so i can run my thinkpad for extended periods of time? I just got a beater truck and want to make a project of it
Why is everyone assuming you would use this setup for outdoor use only? Just install the fucking panel on your roof or wherever and run a cable into your house. Probably save a shit ton of money.
It seems no one actually understood what's really going on in that picture.
Solar panel > battery storage (that huge old brick) > AC to DC converter (this thing http://www.ebay.com/itm/Adattatore-Auto-12v-DC-to-AC-220V-Car-Power-Converter-Adapter-USB-Socket-Charger-/331174966673?pt=IT_Accessori_Cellulari_Cavi_Adattatori&hash=item4d1b90f591) > typical AC to DC notebook charger.
In Arizona, the local power company used to have an incentives program for homeowners installing solar power.
So many people used this, and made so much money selling power back to the grid, that the power company had to stop the incentives program and is now charging a monthly fee for new installations that get plugged into the grid.
>mfw solar power is still profitable even with the fee
Yeah, the thing about that is when you get enough solar penetration on the grid it fucks things up during peak solar hours. They have to take power from renewable sources like solar and wind first even if they don't need it and pay out mandated rates to these people so they have to pay to have a surplus of power they can't use. They sometimes end up paying businesses that use a lot of power money to burn as much as possible at peak generation hours.
What really sucks is that peak usages often comes later in the evening when solar power is rapidly falling off. This is where they need the inefficient single cycle gas plants to ramp up production fast enough to keep from having brownouts and the like in the evening.